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BRITISH DENTAL AWARDS 2018

In March 2018 I was asked to play at the British Dental Awards at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow City Centre. 

The Marriot hotel is a luxurious venue for any occasion and is always well worth a visit. When I walked through the door, I knew it was going to be a fantastic night.

Staff were making final preparations for receiving their guests, glasses were being polished, champagne bottles were being prepared, staff were going to and fro and I could tell there was a definite buzz in the air.

I was approached by a lady who I later found out was in charge of the entertainments company organising the event. I was then directed to the entrance to hotel and asked to play in guests arriving for the function for about an hour to make sure all the guests were greeted to the sound of the bagpipes.

As I struck up, the first of the taxis started arriving. Doormen in their tail coats and top hats stepped forward to open the taxi doors.  Excited young dentists stepped out in exquisite ballgowns and sharp suits and bow ties entering the magnificently decorated reception area.


I could tell that the sound of my bagpipes was adding to the excitement and ambience of the evening. As I stopped playing, a taxi pulled up outside the foyer. A doorman assisted a young lady from her taxi. She ran across to me and I could tell that she was very excited. As I finished playing the Jig set “Out of the air,” she told me that she had been nominated for a prize but was more excited that her Dad was with her. Dad emerged from the taxi resplendent in tartan trews, mess jacket and medals. She excitedly asked me if I knew the Pipe tune ‘The Black Bear’. I was more than happy to oblige as Dad took his daughter’s arm and glided into the champagne reception.

 
It was time to play the guests to their tables for dinner. But this was a special night and it was not going to be as straight forward as playing next to the front door of the beautifully decorated dining room. I was led to the stage at the head of the room and told that I should stop playing when I thought everyone had taken their seats. Even though it was a ‘black tie’ event it did not stop the shouts and cheers from the guests, and I was even approached and asked for a few requests.

 
I stepped down from the stage and made my exit to ‘Scotland the Brave’. It was the first time I had a cheering, napkin waving standing ovation.  It was a fantastic night!

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A really lovely post which Bruce and Jenni loved. Everyone I talked to said what I wonderful job you did, the Pipes just adds that special touch to an event, I thought you were outstanding. Many thanks again.
We booked Alan to pipe at my father in laws funeral last week and we were delighted with the service. Alan took the pain out of this part of organising by dealing directly with the funeral director including times, arrangements and payment.
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"Having Alan at our wedding made the event so special and provided beautiful music for our church yard wedding. Despite a 6 month delay due to COVID, Alan was flexible, professional and was relaxed on the day."
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It's my third wedding of the year and it's the last week in October! I'm glad to say that I'm back in one of my favourite area's of Scotland, Lochaber! to be precise St John's church, Ballachulish near Glencoe. Autumn is in full glow.
So the strange times continue and this is only my second wedding this year and it’s now the start of September!
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We really enjoyed having Allander Pipers play at our wedding! We are not originally from Scotland and it was wonderful to have traditional music playing as we walked out from the ceremony.
Alan, thank you for playing the pipes at my Mums funeral today. it was very moving and everyone commented on how lovely it was. Many thanks, Vicki.
Alan, I just wanted to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you from myself and all the family, you did a great job and made the whole service so much more dignified. My dad must be so proud of his beautiful send off. Many Thanks, Stephen McKinnon
Hi Alan, thank you so much for a beautiful tribute to my brother everyone was making lovely comments about your piping thank you so much.
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Today I have been asked to play at the wedding reception of Christophe and David at the splendid venue of Studio 93in Garriochmill Road, right next to the stunning Botantic Gardens.
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I had been asked about a month ago to play the pipes at my friend Ciorsti’s wedding at Bonawe House, Taynuilt near Oban. Naturally I said yes so, ALLANDER PIPERS was on the road up north.
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It’s Friday evening and I’m heading out to Govan to Play with the Govan Schools and Community Pipe Band for the crowning of the Queen ceremony at the Govan fair.
So, it’s a glorious day and I’m heading to Marr Hall, Erskine on the banks of the mighty River Clyde for the wedding of Sydnee and Fraser.
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Today I visited St. Mary’s primary school in Maryhill, Glasgow. It’s the grand opening of their new MUGA (multi use games area). I had been asked to play the pipes for the arrival of their V.I.P. guest but had been sworn to secrecy as to who it was.
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It’s a cold crisp Saturday afternoon at the Cottier Bar, Restaurant and Wedding venue in the heart of Glasgow’s Westend and I’m at one my favourite venues
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It’s a mixed spring day on the shores of the beautiful Loch Lomond at the idyllic setting of Lodge on the Loch.
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I headed down to the Brig a Doon Hotel in Ayr for the wedding of Laura and Chris.
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It was a great pleasure to have Alan playing at our Burns Supper. He added a real touch of Scotland to our event and I’m sure it’s not just the community council that will be looking forward to having him back in our village again.
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In March 2018 I was asked to play at the British Dental Awards at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.
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A magnificent venue for a Wedding Reception, The Lodge on the Loch on the banks of Loch Lomond. Congratulations to Vicky and Daniel.
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‘Alan is a highly professional musician who plays to the highest standard. He is a real people person with a passion for piping and he provides a friendly, professional service’
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